Sitting within a large bay on the southern coast of the island of Sal, Santa Maria is one of Cape Verde’s most famous and most beautiful beaches.
Santa Maria beach is a perfect, four-kilometre strip of soft, powder-like golden sand and blissful seas, which are calm and warm all year round. Minimal rocks and shells are in the seabed, making it safe to walk into with bare feet, but there are beach guards on site to guarantee your safety and peace of mind.
Not only is this beach comfortable and visually stunning, but it is well-equipped, too. There’s a wide variety of hotels and beach pavilions on the promenade, which is easily accessible from the beach and will happily supply you with refreshments when you desire them.
Animal lovers should also keep their eyes peeled during their visit, as sea turtles can occasionally be seen swimming in the sea towards the beach to lay their eggs.